Reducing the vulnerability of the built environment dramatically improves resiliency in the face of natural climate and geologic events. This page is intended as a resource to help inspire safer human habitation through the geographic integration of science, engineering, economics and public policy. I highlight newsworthy events and share best practices that improve planning and locational decisions, with the goal of reducing the loss of life and property.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Imaging Tool to Map Hazards
A recent article by the Washington (State) Geological Survey
demonstrates the uses of Lidar (light detection and ranging) technology to map
geological hazards. The article explains the process and illustrates its use
with fascinating case studies involving hazards common to the Pacific
Volcanoes.The article goes on to
describe applications of the technology in locating fault lines, predicting
tsunami inundation zones, and tracking the courses of rivers over time to
predict flooding impact.The process can
also yield incredible images of sub-surface geology.
Clearly the benefits for applying the technology to hazard
identification and mitigation are immeasurable.Hopefully, it will also become a useful tool in educating and convincing
policy makers and the general public to address the hazards in a real way.Being able to target action and resources to
more specific geographical locations will be a significant benefit to
Lidar image of the glaciers on Mt. Rainier. (From the Article)
The online, interactive article is well worth your time to read.